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Cablegate: Department Clearance for Singapore Leahy Vetting Request -

VZCZCXYZ0029
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHC #9644 3151824
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O R 101818Z NOV 08
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE IMMEDIATE 9553
INFO RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
RHMFISS/NO JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS STATE 119644

SIPDIS, SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MOPS PHUM SNAR MASS SN
SUBJECT: DEPARTMENT CLEARANCE FOR SINGAPORE LEAHY VETTING REQUEST -
4TH ANNUAL SOVEREIGN CHALLENGE FOREIGN MILITARY ATTACHE CONFERENCE

REF: SINGAPORE 1175

1. (SBU) The Department of State reviewed its files and finds that it
possesses no credible information of gross violations of human rights
for the individuals below. These individuals are candidates to attend
the Fourth Annual Sovereign Challenge Foreign Military Attach
Conference sponsored by U.S. Special Operations Command The
conference will take place at Hurlburt Field in Ft. Walton Beach,
Florida from November 17-20, 2008.

2. (U) Candidates:

CHENG Siok Kian; DOB October 20, 1969; POB: Singapore;
Nationality: Singapore; NRIC # D0001988C; Singapore Armed
Forces Branch: Army; Rank: Brigadier General; Current
Position: Defense Attach, Embassy of the Republic of
Singapore, Washington, DC

CHUA Swee Beng Jeridius; DOB December 16, 1969; POB:
Singapore; Nationality: Singapore; NRIC # D0001797B;
Singapore Armed Forces Branch: Air Force; Rank: Lieutenant
Colonel; Current Position: Assistant Defense Attach, Embassy of the
Republic of Singapore, Washington, DC

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3. (U) Post may provide the following statement to authorized
parties: Embassy verifies that the Department of State possesses no
credible information of gross violations of human rights by the
individuals identified in paragraph 2 above, as of this date. Post
may cite this cable in response.

4. (U) If, in the future, post becomes aware of possible human rights
violations by the individuals listed above, post should inform the
Department and not proceed with training.

5. (U) POC for this action is Jameson DeBose:
-Email: DeBoseJL@state.gov
-Phone: 202-647-2989
RICE

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